Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Marlins 4

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Instant Replay: Phillies 6, Marlins 4

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In what may have been his final start in Phillies’ home whites, Roy Halladay pitched six innings of one-run ball to help his team beat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

Halladay, who will become a free agent this winter, is scheduled to make two more starts, both on the road, before the season ends.

The Phillies are 71-80 on the season and 18-13 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.

Miami has the worst record in the NL at 55-96. The Marlins entered the game ranked last in the NL in scoring (3.21 runs per game), batting average (.231) and OPS (.627).

Starting pitching report
Halladay used a heavy dose of off-speed stuff in holding the young Marlins -- four of their starting nine players were rookies -- to four hits and a run over six innings. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out two.

Halladay, who missed over three months this season recovering from shoulder surgery, is 4-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 12 starts.

Miami lefty Brian Flynn was tagged for 11 hits and six runs over six innings in his third big-league start.

Bullpen report
B.J. Rosenberg allowed two runs in the eighth inning, snapping a string of 14 straight scoreless appearances.

Jonathan Papelbon allowed three two-out hits and a run in the ninth, but held on for his 28th save. He struck out Justin Ruggiano, the potential go-ahead run, with two men on base to end the game.

At the plate
Chase Utley belted his second three-run homer in as many nights. He also doubled home a run on his way to three hits. Utley has 18 homers.

Jimmy Rollins also had three hits. He scored two runs.

Carlos Ruiz had a two-run single. He has 22 RBIs in his last 24 games.

Good guy Juan Pierre had a pinch-hit double for Miami in the seventh. It was his 2,215th career hit, tying him with Joe DiMaggio for 175th all-time.

In the seats
The paid crowd was 28,872, second-smallest of the season at CBP.

Up next
Zach Miner (0-1, 3.72) makes a spot start in place of Kyle Kendrick on Wednesday night. He will face Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.80).

Kendrick was scratched with a sore shoulder (see story).

Phillies 10, Blue Jays 3: Jeremy Hellickson limbers up, offense continues to hit

Phillies 10, Blue Jays 3: Jeremy Hellickson limbers up, offense continues to hit

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jeremy Hellickson did not shine in his spring debut Sunday, but he didn’t have to.

Hellickson projects to be the Phillies' opening day starter for the second straight year, but with five weeks to go before it all starts for real in Cincinnati, he has plenty of time to put a coat of polish on his game.

The right-hander knocked off some wintertime rust with two innings of work against the Toronto Blue Jays. He gave up four hits and two runs, walked one and did not strike out a batter.

"I felt great," Hellickson said. "I wasn't really commanding the fastball like I wanted, but my arm and my body felt good."

Hellickson went 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts for the Phillies last season and could have opted for free agency in the offseason. However, he surveyed the marketplace and determined he'd be better off taking the Phillies' qualifying offer of $17.2 million for 2017 and trying his luck on the free-agent market next season.

So he's betting on himself.

"That's kind of how I'm looking at it," he said. "It was easy to do that just with the way I felt last year. I think I can definitely repeat or exceed what I did last year."

The Phillies can't give Hellickson another qualifying offer after this season so it's quite possible they will look to deal him in July. But that won't necessarily be easy. The Phils had talks with a number of teams about Hellickson last July and were unable to consummate a deal. It will be tougher this July as Hellickson’s salary has jumped by $10 million. The Phillies may have to eat some of that salary to get a deal they like.

Hellickson was asked if he was ready for another summer of trade rumors.

"No," he said with a wry smile. "But I know it's coming."

He's holding out hope that the Phillies will play their way into contention and the front office keeps the rotation together. He believes it's possible.

"I think we have a really good team here," he said. "Hopefully we're the ones trading for guys at the deadline.

"I've been reading some stuff saying (Aaron) Nola is a No. 5 guy. If Nola's your No. 5 guy, you have a pretty good rotation. I definitely think one through five we can give six, seven, eight strong innings every time out. Then with the guys, we signed for the back of our bullpen, it'll make our jobs that much easier. The days we don't have it, I feel like we can hand it off to those guys after five or six. We're in pretty good shape."

The game
The Phillies beat the Jays, 10-3, on the strength of 13 hits and three Toronto errors. The Phils had eight hits in Saturday’s win over the Yankees.

Cam Perkins, Pedro Florimon and Daniel Nava all had two hits. Rhys Hoskins and Ryan Hanigan both walked twice. Andres Blanco homered. Brock Stassi doubled. Nick Williams had a hit, two RBIs and a walk. Power-hitting rightfielder Dylan Cozens stole two bases.

Cozens is a legitimate stolen-base threat. In addition to belting 40 homers at Double A Reading last season, he swiped 21 bags and was only caught once.

"You've got to like his tools," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's really an athletic guy. He's got good hands at the plate. I think he's going to hit because he doesn't have a lot of excess body movement. He hits a lot with his hands and I think in time he'll cut down on the strikeouts and he'll be an even better player. He looks like a solid defender, good hitting ability, a lot of power and some speed."

On the mound
Ben Lively and Alberto Tirado both pitched two scoreless innings and Pat Neshek and Michael Mariot had one each.

Up next
Jerad Eikchoff makes his spring debut when the Phillies host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon.

Clay Buchholz will get the start Tuesday against Baltimore.

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies pitching prospect Nick Pivetta had one of those pinch-me moments Saturday.

He met his boyhood idol, Roy Halladay, at a charity event.

Someone had filled in Halladay that Pivetta had grown up in Canada and had regularly watched Toronto Blue Jays games on television. Pivetta loved watching Halladay pitch, as he talked about a few weeks ago here.

"I got to briefly shake his hand," Pivetta said Sunday morning. "He knew I was like a stalker. He said, 'Oh, right, you're the guy from British Columbia.'"

Halladay, who pitched for the Phils from 2010 to 2013, lives in the Clearwater area. Pivetta said he expected to speak more with Halladay in the coming days.

Halladay was honored at the 44th annual Clearwater For Youth banquet and Pivetta attended with a number of his teammates and Phillies officials. Phillies chairman David Montgomery and his wife Lyn were also honored for their charitable works.

Pivetta will pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic in March.